Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PALACE OF KNOSSOS IN CRETE


We took the bus number 2 to Knossos at 9 am at the bus station of Heraklio. Because of the traffic we arrived at the Palace of Knossos shortly before 10am although the journey was only 5 km.

After queuing to buy the tickets we began the visit at 10am. It's a bit late because it was already hot and there were few shady places. It is advisable a hat and water. The palace is huge and the visit became a bit long.



Palace of Knossos in Crete




 Palace of Knossos in Crete
Reconstruction of the Palace of Knossos in Crete



Knossos palace in Crete
Plan of the Knossos palace in Crete where you can see the visitors' route on the left



 Palace of Knossos in Crete
South house of the Palace of Knossos in Crete


Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete
Another partially reconstructed area of the Palace of Knossos in Crete



Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete
Minotaur horns beside the South Propylaeum of the Minoan Palace of Knossos


Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete
South Propylaeum was the South Entrance to the Minoan Palace of Knossos


Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete
The Minoan Fresco of the Procession in the South Propylaeum of the Palace of Knossos



Upper Throne Room in Knossos Palace
Upper Throne Room is one of the most beautiful places of the Palace of Knossos in Crete


Upper Throne Room in Knossos Palace
Painting on the myth of the Minotaur in the Upper Throne Room of the Palace of Knossos in Crete




Throne Room in the Palace of Knossos
Throne Room is one of the most important places of the Knossos Palace in Crete



Grand staircase of the Palace of Knossos in Crete
Grand staircase of the Palace of Knossos in Crete




North entrance to the Knossos Palace in Crete
North entrance to the Knossos Palace in Crete





North entrance to the Palace of Knossos
Another view of the North entrance to the Knossos Palace




After a visit of 2 hours we came back to Heraklio by bus. In the same bus station of Heraklio, we took an express bus at 1:30pm to Agios Nikolaos, where we arrived an hour later, with the idea of having lunch there and walking through this typical holiday town in Crete.


Agios Nikolaos



Beach of Agios Nikolaos in Crete
Beach of Agios Nikolaos in Crete



Agios Nikolaos in Crete
Promenade beside the Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos



Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos
Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos, a popular seaside town in Crete



Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos
Boats on Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos



Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos
We spent a nice afternoon walking around the Voulismeni Lake in Agios Nikolaos 


Agios Nikolaos in Crete
Colorful buildings beside the sea in Agios Nikolaos


Agios Nikolaos in Crete
Agios Nikolaos in Crete behind the Voulismeni Lake 


Agios Nikolaos in Crete
Overview of Agios Nikolaos in Crete




The atmosphere of Agios Nikolaos is lively and it's very pleasant to walk around the lake. At 7pm we took the bus back, which this time left us in the port of Heraklio at 8pm. So we took the opportunity to collect the blue star ferry tickets from Mykonos to Piraeus we purchased online at Barcelona.

At 9pm we arrived at the hotel. After taking a shower we got off to a Greek taverna-style restaurant next to the hotel for dinner. We really enjoyed our meal and the owner was very nice.





This was our trip route from Crete and the Greek Islands to Athens:



Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter


Day 2 - Crete




Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion


Day 4 - Crete

  • Palace of Knossos
  • Agios Nikolaos



Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia


Day 6 - Santorini




Day 7 - Santorini



Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice


Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice


Day 10 - Mykonos



Day 11 - Mykonos Town



Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District

Day 13 - Athens


  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District

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